Lionel Messi ‘Stupid’ mocks Dutch player at World Cup Born cup, t-shirt in Argentina. see photo

“What are you looking at, you idiot? Get out!” Lionel MessiDutch player Wout Weghorst’s taunt at the World Cup has amused Argentina, where the phrase has appeared on mugs, shirts and other products. In a video that went viral online, soccer superstar Messi was being interviewed after Friday’s turbulent quarter-final against the Netherlands, when his eyes left the camera. He then hurled his words at the Dutch substitute – whose two late goals sent both teams into the penalty shootout – while the reporter tried to get his attention. that.

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Argentina won, but Messi raged after an upset match with the referee, who awarded Weghorst a free kick.

World sports governing body FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against both teams following a World Cup record of 18 yellow cards and numerous collective confrontations during the match.

But in Argentina, a more salty Lionel Messi has been compared to Diego Maradona, a troubled genius known for his fiery moments both on and off the pitch.

Businesses wasted no time pasting slogans on a variety of products, with mugs selling for 1,600 pesos ($9), t-shirts for 2,900 pesos, and caps for 3,900 pesos.

“We made t-shirts immediately. The phrase went viral because at another stage, Messi had a calm, quiet look. But people wanted him to have a bit of Diego’s bitterness (Maradona). ),” said the clothing designer. Tony Molfese, 31.

For many in Argentina, the language Messi speaks is much softer than what can be heard on the street.

“I think this phrase is great, so innocent and tender” compared to what you often hear in the sports world of Argentina, said Graciela Squietino, 67, who bought t-shirts for her three grandsons, said.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from an aggregated feed.)

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